Freeney will have another great year for the Indianapolis Colts, but he won't be hitting the 12 sack mark.
He has yet to do it in consecutive seasons as he enters this season at age 30.
Freeney has become even more of a pass rushing specialist as the Colts try to keep him healthy throughout the year.
His production is extremely consistent, but his durability goes through waves.
Expect a 10 sack year for the star defensive end as he continues to lead the Colts defense.
Dumervil cashed in this offseason off his 17-sack performance.
In two of his four seasons, Dumervil exceeded the 12 sack mark. He has shown a distinct ability in getting to the quarterback.
In 2010, he will find himself with a significant drop in production. The 17 sacks will turn into 10 as teams throw better schemes and double teams his way.
Dumervil's is quick and stealth-like off the edge, but the defense surrounding him is not that good.
The once great secondary is aging and like the second half of last season, will allow less time to attack the quarterback.
The offense has some question marks and the less points they score, the less passing the defense has to do.
Don't expect the same 6-0 quick start Denver had last season to accompany Dumervil's 10 early season sacks. He will bring consistency, but with smaller numbers.
After dropping off in 2008, Will Smith did like the rest of his New Orleans Saints team and had an unforgettable year in 2009.
Smith won't drop back down to three sacks, but should stay in the eight to 10 range for 2010.
The Saints defense was extremely opportunistic last season. They created turnovers, pressured quarterbacks non-stop, and had such a great offense that defenses had to keep throwing.
Expect a bit of a drop off in every category.
The defense will remain aggressive looking to kill the QB, but schemes will change and teams will be better adjusted this time around.